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Lock

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron

  • Museum number:

    591-1895

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114b, case 11

Physical description

Wrought iron door or chest lock, decorated with bands of open Gothic tracery in two layers; at each corner is a figure of an angel and on the hasp a figure of the Virgin Mary. The keyhole is concealed by a plate with a shield bearing three fleurs-de-lys, the royal arms of France on the key guard. The plate is further ornamented with two buttresses. The redundant bolt slot and the angel's round pegs fitted into square holes suggest subsequent alteration.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron

Dimensions

Height: 21 cm, Width: 15.2 cm

Descriptive line

Door or chest lock, wrought iron decorated with figures of angels and the Virgin Mary, the arms of France on the key guard, made in France, ca. 1500

Labels and date

DOOR OR CHEST LOCK, wrought iron, France; c.1500

The key guard displays the arms of France. The redundant bolt slot and the angel's round pegs fitted into square holes suggest subsequent alteration.

Museum No. 591-1895 [07/1994]

Materials

Wrought iron

Techniques

Forging (metal forming)

Subjects depicted

Angels; Coats of arms

Categories

Metalwork; Household objects; Ironwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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